All of the dogs in this post are available for adoption. If you are interested in any, please let me know! The rescue group is also desperate for foster homes. If you or anyone you know, would like to give it a try, contact Last Hope Rescue. And please, share this post!
Happy Fridayyyyyy!!!!! 🙂 I got to have a quick visit with Lola last night, and it got me thinking about why I love fostering so much. So, that is what today’s facts will be about. I know I previously talked about fostering here, but it is an important topic…so I’m talking about it again! Also, if you’re interested about fostering, check out my fellow blogger, & friend’s post, “Everything You Need to Know About Fostering.”
Ok, here are my top 10 reasons that I love fostering dogs!
#1-You get to cuddle and love on a dog for free!
#2-You are actively helping save a dog’s life. Whether it is an owner surrender, or a shelter that is too full, you are opening your home to a dog that is in desperate need of rescuing.
#3-You get to help a dog! Maybe the dog is sick & needs a place to get well. Or maybe the dog has been abused, abandoned, or mistreated, and just needs a stable loving place to learn about the world. Whatever their issue(s) is, you are responsible for their growth & improvement!
#4- Fostering a dog helps you exercise! Especially if you have more than one dog! Dogs need exercise, that is a given. And if you have more than one dog, you know how crazy things can get if they all have pent up energy. So, you get outside & walk them! Fresh air is always good for you!Plus, it’s a great way to find out how the foster pup is on a leash. People are always interested in this info!
#5-It is great socialization for your own dog, for the foster dog, and any humans in the house! Lucy is a shredder, and chews on her feet. However, ever since I have had fosters in the house, she has completely stopped. On the rare occasion that it is just her again, she goes right back to doing both. Having fosters around is also great for Oscar, because he gets to play and is still at home where he can take naps in between. And of course, fostering dogs helps teach my son many important life lessons!
Petey & Sassy hanging out together
#6-Anything you do for your foster…buy treats, gas for driving her to meet & greets, etc…is a tax deduction! Every little bit helps, right?!
#7-The experience is educational & inspiring. I have learned so much about different types of breeds of dogs, and their behaviors. I’ve learned tips & tricks for helping them through issues, like seperation anxiety, fear of cars. I have also learned just how many dogs are out there that need our help. Some of the emails and posts are beyond heart breaking. I also have seen how hard the volunteers work to help these animals, and that is truly inspiring. Are you signed up yet?!?
#8-Fostering brings people together. You will meet the volunteers that help put on adoption events, the people that help spread the word for the dogs in need. I’ve met lots of people in the community, that offer their place of business for events, promote adoptable dogs, and those that help train them. Doggie Dayz, for example, is a local doggie daycare. I have brought 3 of my fosters there now, and I very much believe that the socialization they got was a very positive thing for them!
#9, and maybe the best of all-You get to be part of the dog’s happy ending!You, as the foster parent, know the dog the best. You have helped train them, socialize them, and have loved them back to health (physically, mentally, or both!). So, you get to help in approving an adopter. Sometimes a dog will have many people interested in them. Like Sassy, for example, had a handful of people that were wanting to meet her. Knowing her background and personality, we had to choose the right home for her, and I truly feel that we did!
#10-Updates on your fosters, from the adopters, are the best! You hear how the dog is flourishing, and how much they are being loved. You can take satisifaction in knowing that you were the bridge for that dog. You provided a temporary home, while the forever family found their way to that pup. If you are lucky enough to have the dog stay locally, and the family is ok with it, you might even be able to keep in touch!
Maybe one day, one of my posts will inspire someone to foster a dog in need. And if not, maybe this blog will at least enlighten people on where to look for a family pet (hint hint, local shelters & rescue groups!). Well, that’s all for now! Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!
Did you know that today is a holiday?! Feb 20th is “Love Your Pet Day.” Now, I’m pretty sure that we should do that every day…but if us humans get a crap hallmark holiday like Valentine’s Day, then pets should get one too, right?!
The pets we love (past & current):
Our old pup Basti
And sending lots of love out to my past foster babies! I am so happy they are in loving forever homes! xoxo
Now, if YOU don’t have a doggie to love on today, here are some adoptable pups that you might like to check out! (All of these pups are adoptable through Last Hope Rescue)
Check out many more adoptable pets on Last Hope’s facebook page, here! You can also check out our friends at Wakulla Animal Shelter. Many dogs there are urgent right now due to the shelter being full. Take a peek at their adoptable dogs here! And even if you aren’t up for a new dog, maybe a friend might be, so please share!!! 🙂
This weekend I decided to take Oscar on an outing. There was a big event at the local fairgrounds, with pony rides, bounce houses, and lots of adoptable pets (dogs, cats, & horses!). I thought this would be a great place to take Oscar to because there would be plenty of time for him to rest in between us walking around.
We first went by to say hello to our friends at the Last Hope Rescue & Wakulla Shelter booths. Oscar had a great time saying hello to everyone, and he had lots of people “ooo’ing” & “aah’ing” over him!
Then it was off to the bounce houses! Kids were running around, screaming & having fun. Lots of dogs were going by, some interested in Oscar and some not. Oscar took it all in stride! He wagged his tail at every one, and had no fear. There were a few dogs that seemed over stimulated, and tried to take it out on Oscar. He just looked at them like “Dude, what’s your problem? You’re gonna mess up my sweater.” He didn’t bark, he didn’t growl, nothing. He was the perfect little pocket pittie!
Oscar got lots of pets, and everyone thought he was just as cute as can be. He was great while we waited in line for Jayden to get his face painted, just sat at my feet patiently waiting & watching everyone. He also sat patiently watching as Jayden went on a pony ride.
After this, we decided to call it a day. Apparently it was good timing, because Oscar laid down & refused to walk any further! I had to pick him up & carry him to the car. As I held him, he licked me and wagged his tail like crazy. I swear he was saying “Thank you mama! I had so much fun!”
He curled up on the couch as soon as we got home, and pretty much slept for the rest of the day!
This was just the first of many adventures we will have, and I am so proud of what a good boy he was. He is going to help show the world that his breed is not so bad after all!
Some of you may have wondered why I don’t say much about Oscar, in regards to him being adoptable. Or, maybe you have wondered if he belongs to me, why isn’t he listed on the page about my “furever dogs”. Well…..after much deliberation, I have finally decided to become a foster failure! I am officially adopting Oscar! 🙂
To give a little backstory on him, he was at the a shelter in Gainesville and was at his last couple of days before euthanasia. It is believed that he suffered from major neglect and malnutrition. This caused his growth to be stunted, as well as his bones to not form correctly. We believe this is why he limps. So anyway, Last Hope agreed to pull him, and I would foster. I knew his size was perfect for what I would want in a second dog, and found out quickly that his personality was too! He is the pesky little brother to Lucy, Jayden totally adores him and actually even named him, and he follows me around all the time. He is a pain in the butt, chews up Jayden’s pencils, barks at me if he wants attention, and steals shoes. (He is currently in a time out as I type this, for chewing up another pencil!) But, we love him anyway, and he has found his forever home! (Check out my previous post about how he lovingly stares at me, here!)
Adopting him means I now have two of my own dogs, and one foster dog. Whoa! It gets a little hectic sometimes, and can make going out of town tricky. There is also not much room left on the couch for humans! But I just feel like we are the home that will help him, and give him the love and care that he needs. I plan on taking him to a Good Citizen class to become certified, and then he will be a wonderful advocate for pit bulls everywhere! So, I’ve been fostering for almost a year now, and have only adopted one…not bad at all, compared to some other rescue friends I know! 🙂
So, who is your Valentine today? Looking for a new love? Let me introduce you to some furry friends that would L-O-V-E to fill your home, and heart!
So, I recently asked my previous foster pups families for some new pictures and an update on their new furry baby. Today will be all about Lola!
For new readers, here is a little background story on Lola, as well as some pics from when she was my foster.
Lola was at the Wakulla shelter in October, and her time was up. Her picture was all over facebook from people sharing her, trying to get her saved. She was sitting, with this hopeful, longing stare, and giant ears!
So, I begged Last Hope Rescue to let her be my next foster. She went straight from the shelter to the vet. I picked her up from there, and took her home. She took to us right away, and became Lucy’s BFF immediately! She clearly had never been in a house before, since she walked in crouched down to the floor, and kept looking around the corners to see what was there. Because she came straight from the shelter, with no information as to why she was dumped, I got to choose her name. That is how she became Lola!
Once Lola had gotten used to being in the house, she really opened up. Especially when Lucy was around. Having another dog seemed to help her confidence, and she learned how to be a family dog. She had some issues with potty training…understandable since she most likely lived outside for the first few months of her life. Lola learned quickly and was eager to please. Food was a great motivator! She also learned that it was lovely to be hugged and cuddled. This quickly became her most favorite thing in life, I think even more than food! Maybe. I think that is why I loved her so much. She needed a mom, someone to show her life isn’t too scary, to help reassure her when she’s lacking doggie confidence, and someone to give her endless hugs. For anyone that personally knows me, you know that I am a mom, through and through. I have been known to “mother” my friends, and of course I have my own kiddo. I was born to be a mom. Apparently that includes being a doggie mom!
I worked with Lola a lot over the couple of months that I had her. We went on lots of walks and car rides. She was terrified of cars, but she slowly started becoming a little less anxious each time. She just loved Jayden to pieces, too!
Then came along Kym & Nathaniel! They were interested & wanted to come meet her. They have another pittie named Yage, and wanted her to have a playmate. So we set up a meet & greet, and within seconds of meeting Lola, Kym was sitting on the freezing sidewalk, loving on Lola. Nathaniel, who is very tall, which could be extra scary to Lola, got right down to her level too. There wasn’t a bark or growl out of Lola. I had a good feeling about this!
We spent about an hour together that day. I let them take Lola to walk her around, and give them time alone to discuss. They filled out the application right then and there! The rest is pretty much history! Lola & her sister, Yage, are pictured below:
Kym & Nathaniel are nice enough to keep in touch, so I get to hear of Lola stories on a regular basis! They have even had us over for a visit before, and welcomed us back any time. Here is what Kym had to say about Lola, and a couple of recent pictures.
“Lola is the perfect dog for our family. She is amazing — adorably cute, funny, very curious and alert, and completely unphased by new people, children, and other animals. (Except squirrels. I really don’t think I ever want her to meet a squirrel up close and personal.) She runs and plays and tumbles around the yard with her big sister beautifully until both of them are panting and smiling. Then they flop into the same dog bed and cuddle until they are ready to play again. We are teaching her to chase a ball (she is usually much more interested in chasing her big sister then the actual ball). She does Sit and Down perfectly. We are working with great success on Stay and Off. We are very, very happy she is in our family, and we tell her that every single day. We are incredibly thankful to the shelter volunteers for rescuing her, and for her foster mom for taking such good care of her.”
Is there any wonder that I love them so much?! They are truly the absolute best family for Lola. I couldn’t be happier for them, and am thankful that there are people like them in the world!
Well, I hope you enjoyed this little story of Lola! Stay tuned for future updates on Toby & Petey!
Have a great day! And as always, thanks for reading! 🙂